Germantown is a census-designated place in the U.S. State of Maryland, located in Montgomery County. Currently home to over 89,000 residents, Germantown ranks as the third-most populous place in the state of Maryland, after the city of Baltimore and the census-designated place Columbia; should the area that is Germantown incorporate and become a city, it would be the second-largest city in the state (though still the third-largest place in the state). Germantown is an important part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and sits roughly 25 miles outside of the U.S. Capital.
Germantown has been inhabited since at least the 1830’s, when there was a small settlement setup along Liberty Mill and Clopper Roads. The name derives from a shop that was erected by two German immigrants, at the intersection of those two aforementioned roads, and the area became colloquially known as “German Town.” This is rather ironic considering that those two German shopkeepers were actually in the minority, at least ethnically; at the time, there were more peoples of Scottish and English descent than German. After the turn of the 20th century, the name “German Town” was changed to its current spelling and the first industrial mills setup shop in the area. Germantown saw decline during the latter half of the 20th century, though recent economic diversification has led to the city’s rebirth in the early 21st century.
During the summer months, average daily highs in Germantown usually only reach into the low-to-mid 80’s, though higher temperatures are not all that uncommon and highs in the triple-digits have been recorded. Overnight the lows tend to drop down into the mid-to-upper 60’s, giving the area a nice nighttime atmosphere. During the winter months is when the cold really hits; average highs usually only reach into the low 40’s during the day, with overnight lows often dropping down below freezing, generally in the upper 20’s. Snow is generally common, though accumulation is generally only a few inches per month.
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